Are You Aware of Problems the Elderly Face in Nursing Homes?
Making the move to a Louisiana nursing home may have been a difficult transition for your loved one, and for you, as well. As time goes by, you hope to see that he or she has settled in and is feeling comfortable and well cared for, but even if you visit frequently, you may not be satisfied that this is so.
Although accidents happen, and elderly people are often more susceptible to injury due to their frailty or poor health, a resident who is suffering from abuse may develop bedsores or have other wounds or bruises. Signs of restraint around the wrists or ankles or symmetrical bruising are also serious indicators. If the abuse is sexual in nature, the bruises may be located around genitals or breasts, and there may be unexplained bleeding.
Bullying, intimidation, threats, humiliation and isolation are all forms of psychological abuse, and as a result, your loved one may become withdrawn, suffer mood swings or depression, or even seem to undergo personality changes. Dementia behaviors such as mumbling and rocking could actually be caused by the abuse too.
In assessing the situation, watch for indications that the facility is understaffed, or that caregivers are not trained adequately or suffer from considerable workplace stress. These are significant risk factors that someone may become an abuser. This information is provided for your education, but should not be taken as medical or legal advice.
If you have a loved one that has experienced nursing home abuse, we are here to help. Contact an experienced Lake Charles medical malpractice attorney today for a consultation.